The National Weather Service upgraded its severe weather risk from “slight” to “enhanced” for the entire WTOP listening area concerning Friday’s storms, which are likely to impact early evening commute.
The D.C. area got another taste of spring storms Friday, and they didn’t stick around long enough to really impact the Friday evening commute.
But be advised that eastern Maryland is still under a threat of severe weather.
UPDATED WATCHES AND WARNINGS
A tornado watch is in effect for Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties in Maryland until 9 p.m.
Severe thunderstorm warnings had been issued for a good portion of the area earlier Friday afternoon, and a tornado warning was even issued at one point for portions of Montgomery County, Maryland, and Fairfax County, Virginia.
Pea-sized hail had been reported in Rockville, Maryland, and a wind gust of 63 mph was reported at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
Downed trees were also reported in the area. In Prince George’s County, downed wires prompted a scare involving a school bus, which was carrying students from Catherine Reed Elementary in Goddard.
Prince George’s firefighters held the special-needs students on the bus until BG&E crews arrived to confirm that the wires touching the bus were de-energized.
A large tree was down on Lanham-Severn Road near 98th Avenue in Bowie, Maryland, Friday afternoon following the storms. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The rain should end around 8 p.m. Temperatures will drop into the 40s tonight, and a chilly start to the weekend is expected.
Saturday morning will be cool and mild. Sunday will start out fairly sunny but a weak, fast moving storm crossing Pennsylvania will bring some mid/late afternoon cloudiness and a small chance for a few showers.
Friday night: Showers end. Windy and chilly, clearing late. Lows in the 40s.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, windy and cool. Breezy. Highs in the 60s.
Sunday: A chance of scattered showers; otherwise partly to mostly cloudy and breezy. Highs in the low 60s to low 70s.
WTOP’s Abigail Constantino and Jennifer Ortiz contributed to this report.
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